- A Bayelsa youth group has reacted to the feud between governors Nyesom Wike and Seriake Dickson
- The Bayelsa Youth Vanguard countered Governor Wike's allegation that Dickson was seeking EFCC protection after office
- The group stated that Wike is noted for such reckless, alarming and frivolous diatribes and misrepresentations
A youth group, Bayelsa Youth Vanguard (BYV), has accused Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, of doing everything possible to discredit his Bayelsa state counterpart, Seriake Dickson.
Governor Wike had accused Dickson of trading off the last governorship election in the state in exchange for protection from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after leaving office.
Wike, who was reacting to earlier positions of the Bayelsa governor that he sponsored the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) against the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, said Dickson had wanted to join the APC but was blocked by the minister for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva.
But the BYV in a statement by its secretary, Barrister ThankGod Erekefe, on Tuesday, December 24, said Wike’s outburst was mere “hallucinations of a drunken man.”
The group countered Wike on the allegation that Dickson was seeking EFCC protection after office, saying such comment was tantamount to blackmail.
Part of the statement read: “Dickson remains a staunch member of the PDP and his various strong positions on the roles of federal institutions leading to the manipulations of the said election are our cogent convictions on his integrity as a leader of substance. He is surely a politician of conviction.
“So it’s trite even as we observe that Governor Wike is noted for such reckless, alarming and frivolous diatribes and misrepresentations. It’s in his political DNA, which speaks to his pedestrian inclinations on issues.
“Unlike Wike and his cohorts who played such ignoble role of hobnobbing with APC and its leadership to fight a proxy war in Bayelsa during the election, history will vindicate Dickson for his leadership and commitment to the basic interest of the Ijaw nation where Bayelsa state is at the heart of such consciousness and ably entrenched by Governor Dickson on the PDP platform throughout his tenure as governor.
“What we could deduce from Wike’s outburst on Governor Seriake Dickson was mere hallucinations of a drunken man who was all out to falsely discredit Dickson and as such his comments should be disregarded by the rational public.”
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP has waded into the disagreement between Governors Dickson and Wike.
Having noted the issues, the PDP said it has activated the party's internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the matter amicably.
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